A Texas waitress has received a $16,000 college scholarship from a Houston university after a photo of the young woman helping an elderly customer cut his food at Waffle House last week went viral.
Evoni Williams, 18, is getting major props on social media after helping a patron of the La Marque Waffle House restaurant where she works.
'I don't know her name but I heard this elderly man tell her his hands don't work too good. The interaction was photographed by another diner, Laura Wolf, who uploaded the photo to Facebook. "I'm thankful to have seen this act of kindness and caring at the start of my day while everything in this world seems so negative", Wolf wrote in her post, which had received 99,000 likes and 47,000 shares as of Friday afternoon. The customer, a Waffle House regular, had recently undergone surgery and was using an oxygen tank. "Without hesitation, she took his plate and began cutting up his ham". Even though she was extremely busy, she didn't hesitate. "That just meant something to me", Wolf told KHOU-TV.
The post even attracted the attention of La Marque city officials and scouts from Texas Southern University-who made a decision to offer Williams a helping hand. "Kindness is free, folks". Williams said she was surprised by the outpouring of praise for her act of kindness. "We are proud!" the post read.
She's been working here since graduating high school; saving up for college. Williams, who says she wants to study business management, was assigned a counselor by Texas Southern University to help her enroll in their program and start her degree.
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